G. Wesley Sell, 86, musician, teacher and Christian churchman, died June 11, 2017, at his home. He was the husband of Althea N. (Hawk) and celebrated 62 years of marriage June 11. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Alvin D. and Hattie M. (Heffelfinger) Sell.
He was a 1948 graduate of Allen High School, earned his Bachelor of Science in music education from West Chester State Teachers College in 1952.
He honorably served in the U.S. Army Medical Service.
In 1955 he received a master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois.
Marjorie I. Klerr, 77, of Emmaus, died June 15, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of Peter A. Klerr. Born in Choteau, Mont., she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth McFarland. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Nickole and her husband Michael Cantrell; sister, Marian Thaul; granddaughter, Amber Cantrell.
Services are private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus.
Jean Esther (Ochs) Koch, formerly of Macungie, died June 13, 2017, at Fellowship Terrace, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Curtis L. Koch. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1999. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Helen (Shafer) Ochs.
She was an active member of the UCC congregation of St. Peter’s Union Church, Macungie.
She graduated from Polk Township High School in Kresgeville and the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing. She loved to serve others in her nursing career and her active membership in many service organizations.
Frances W. (Wetzel) Leibensperger, 102, of Kutztown, died June 12, 2017, in her residence. She was the wife of the late Harold H. Leibensperger. They were married for 62 years, prior to his death July 21, 2003. Born in Macungie, she was a daughter of the late Frank E. and Meda M. (Arnel) Wetzel.
Growing up in Macungie, she became a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she currently was the oldest confirmed member of the congregation.
Linda D. Spess, 62, of Wescosville, died June 14, 2017, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Jeffrey L. Spess. They would have been married for 27 years in August. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Carl Peterson, of Wescosville and the late Lucia M. (Actergal) Peterson.
She worked in the subrogation department at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Allentown, for 32 years until retiring.
She enjoyed vacationing in Europe with her family.
Merritt K. Keller, 85, of Zionsville, died June 15, 2017, in his home. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Laudenslager) Keller. They were married for 66 years. Born in Zionsville, he was the son of the late Leon and Marion (Houseknecht) Keller.
He was a 1949 graduate of Emmaus High School.
He honorably served his country in the Marine Corps right out of high school.
He worked for Tasty Baking Company for many years, retiring in 1989.
After retirement, he lived six months in Florida and six months in Zionsville.
Joseph Holzer, 91, of Salisbury Township, died June 17, 2017, in his residence. He was the husband of Jean C. Carmitchel Csanadi. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Joseph and Fanny (Bolzer) Holzer.
He was a brewery worker at the former Horlacher Brewery, Allentown, for 32 years. Later he became custodian for the Salisbury School District until retiring.
He was a member of the former Allgemeiner and Austrian clubs of Allentown.
William G. Lauffer Jr., 85, formerly of Emmaus, died Feb. 10, 2017, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. He was the husband of Joan (Balze) Lauffer.
He is survived by his wife; children, Nancy Anderson, John and Karen; three granddaughters; one great-grandson.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. June 17 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd. A visitation will be held 1 to 2 p.m. in the church.
Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.
Clair B. “The Skipper” Hallman, 85, of Emmaus, died June 8, 2017, at the Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Godusky) Hallman who died in 2006. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Miles and Annie (Engleman) Hallman.
He was employed at Air Products and Chemicals until retiring.
He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed deep sea and ice fishing, hunting and vegetable gardening.
He was a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean War.
Thomas A. Banyas Jr., 58, of Alburtis and formerly of Emmaus, died June 3, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Melissa A. (Rodenberger) Banyas. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Thomas A. Sr. and Doris J. (Ortt) Banyas.
He was employed at Knoll for 35 years and was a graduate of Emmaus High School.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Mya; son, Cole; sister, Kathy and her husband Alex Sojtori.